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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 28th June 2007

 

Report Stage Proceedings

 

Concessionary Bus Travel Bill [Lords], As Amended


 

new clauses

 

Reimbursement of travel concession authorities

 

Philip Davies

 

Not selected  nc1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘After section 149 of the 2000 Act (Reimbursement of operators) insert—

 

“149A

  Reimbursement of travel concession authorities

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State shall reserve a proportion of the funding allocated

 

to the mandatory travel concession scheme to provide a contingency

 

fund.”’.

 


 

Local authority funding

 

Stephen Hammond

 

Andrew Rosindell

 

Mr Lee Scott

 

Not selected  NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘At the end of each financial year after the commencement of this Act the

 

Secretary of State shall lay a report before Parliament setting out—

 

(a)    

the total sum of funds made available to local authorities for the purposes

 

of providing bus services and concessionary fares thereon in the financial

 

year just ended;

 

(b)    

the method by which those funds have been made available.’.

 



 
 

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Review of reimbursement arrangements

 

Stephen Hammond

 

Andrew Rosindell

 

Mr Lee Scott

 

Negatived on division  NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Two years after the commencement of this Act the Secretary of State shall

 

conduct a review of arrangements for allocating funding to local authorities

 

necessary for the reimbursement of operators under section 3(2) of this Act; and

 

shall lay before Parliament a report setting out his findings.’.

 


 

Stephen Hammond

 

Andrew Rosindell

 

Mr Lee Scott

 

Negatived on division  8

 

Page  1,  line  19  [Clause  1],  at end insert—

 

‘(d)    

is taken on a service which has three or more stops on its route,

 

(e)    

is not taken on a service where there is a commentary (live or recorded)

 

which is primarily provided for the purposes of tourism, and

 

(f)    

is not taken on a service where there are one or more seats bookable in

 

advance.’.

 


 

Paul Rowen

 

Mr John Leech

 

Not selected  1

 

Page  2,  line  14  [Clause  1],  at end insert—

 

‘(4A)    

If a disabled person requires the assistance of a companion to travel on journeys

 

on public transport services, the travel concession authority in England other than

 

a London authority must mark that clearly on the permit.

 

(4B)    

Where a person whose current statutory travel concession permit is marked in

 

accordance with subsection (4A) is entitled under this section to a waiver of the

 

fare for a journey, one companion travelling on the journey with the person (and

 

nominated by the person as the person’s companion for that journey) is also

 

entitled to a waiver of the fare for the journey.

 

(4C)    

The Secretary of State shall issue guidance to travel concession authorities in

 

England to which they must have regard in determining for subsection (4A)

 

whether a disabled person needs a companion in order to travel.’.

 

Paul Rowen

 

Mr John Leech

 

Not selected  2

 

Page  2,  line  14  [Clause  1],  at end insert—

 

‘(4A)    

For the purposes of this section a person whose ability to travel is impaired by a

 

mental disorder within the meaning of section 1 of the Mental Health Act 1983

 

shall be considered to be a disabled person.’.


 
 

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Stephen Hammond

 

Andrew Rosindell

 

Mr Lee Scott

 

Not called  6

 

Page  2,  line  14  [Clause  1],  at end insert—

 

‘(4A)    

For the purposes of this section a disabled person is a person who—

 

(a)    

is blind or partially sighted,

 

(b)    

is profoundly or severely deaf,

 

(c)    

is without speech,

 

(d)    

has a disability, or has suffered an injury, which has a substantial and

 

long-term adverse effect on his ability to walk,

 

(e)    

does not have arms or has long-term loss of both arms,

 

(f)    

has a learning disability, that is, a state of arrested or incomplete

 

development of mind which includes significant impairment of

 

intelligence and social functioning, or

 

(g)    

would be defined as having a mental impairment which has a substantial

 

and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out day-to-day

 

activities in accordance with section 1 of the Disability Discrimination

 

Act 1995 as amended, or

 

(h)    

would, if he applied for the grant of a licence to drive a motor vehicle

 

under Part III of the Road Traffic Act 1988, have his application refused

 

pursuant to section 92 of that Act (physical fitness) otherwise than on the

 

ground of persistent misuse of drugs or alcohol,’.

 

Stephen Hammond

 

Andrew Rosindell

 

Mr Lee Scott

 

Not called  9

 

Page  2,  line  30  [Clause  1],  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘shall’.

 


 

Philip Davies

 

Not selected  5

 

Page  3,  line  27  [Clause  3],  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

After subsection (1) (as substituted by subsection (2) above) insert—

 

“(1A)    

The Secretary of State shall provide to each travel concession authority

 

in England by means of a direct annual revenue grant sufficient funding

 

for the authority to comply with its obligation to reimburse operators

 

under subsection (1).”’.

 



 
 

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Stephen Hammond

 

Andrew Rosindell

 

Mr Lee Scott

 

Not called  10

 

Page  4,  line  18  [Clause  4],  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘shall’.

 


 

Paul Rowen

 

Mr John Leech

 

Not selected  3

 

Page  6,  line  15  [Clause  7],  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

After subsection (5) insert—

 

“(5A)    

If a disabled person requires the assistance of a companion to travel on

 

journeys on public transport services, the London travel concession

 

authority must mark that clearly on the permit.

 

(5B)    

Where a person whose current statutory travel concession permit is

 

marked in accordance with subsection (5A) is entitled under this section

 

to a waiver of the fare for a journey, one companion travelling on the

 

journey with the person (and nominated by the person as the person’s

 

companion for that journey) is also entitled to a waiver of the fare for the

 

journey.

 

(5C)    

The Secretary of State shall issue guidance to travel concession

 

authorities in London to which they must have regard in determining for

 

the purposes of subsection (5A) whether a disabled person needs a

 

companion in order to travel.

 

(5D)    

Before issuing guidance under subsection (5C) the Secretary of State

 

shall consult—

 

(a)    

the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee;

 

(b)    

associations representative of travel concession authorities; and

 

(c)    

such other persons as the Secretary of State thinks fit.”.’.

 


 

Jim Cousins

 

Not called  14

 

Page  7,  line  8  [Clause  9],  after ‘may’, insert ‘, and for the purposes of the national

 

statutory concession shall,’.

 

Jim Cousins

 

Not called  15

 

Page  7,  line  24  [Clause  9],  after ‘may’, insert ‘, and for the purposes of the national

 

statutory concession shall.’.

 



 
 

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Stephen Hammond

 

Andrew Rosindell

 

Mr Lee Scott

 

Withdrawn  11

 

Page  10,  line  39  [Clause  13],  leave out subsection (3).

 


 

Stephen Hammond

 

Andrew Rosindell

 

Mr Lee Scott

 

Not called  12

 

Page  11,  line  1  [Clause  13],  leave out subsection (4).

 

Stephen Hammond

 

Andrew Rosindell

 

Mr Lee Scott

 

Not called  13

 

Page  11,  line  6  [Clause  15],  leave out from ‘on’ to end of line 7 and insert ‘1st April

 

2008’.

 


 

Paul Rowen

 

Mr John Leech

 

Negatived on division  4

 

Page  13,  line  18  [Schedule  1],  at end insert—

 

‘(7)    

After paragraph 5(7) insert—

 

“(8)    

Where a London authority considers the amount notified by Transport for

 

London under paragraph 5(1) to be excessive—

 

(a)    

the authority may within 14 days of being notified by Transport

 

for London apply to the Secretary of State to review the proposed

 

charge;

 

(b)    

if the Secretary of State agrees that the proposed charge is

 

excessive, then he shall notify both Transport for London and the

 

authority of an alternative lower amount.”.’.

 

Stephen Hammond

 

Andrew Rosindell

 

Mr Lee Scott

 

Not called  7

 

Page  13,  line  18  [Schedule  1],  at end add—

 

‘(7)    

After paragraph 5(7) insert—

 

  “(8)  

Where a London authority considers the amount notified by Transport

 

for London under paragraph 5(1) to be excessive—

 

(a)    

the authority may within 28 days of being notified by

 

Transport for London apply to the Secretary of State to review

 

the proposed charge; and


 
 

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(b)    

if the Secretary of State agrees that the proposed charge is

 

excessive, then he shall notify both Transport for London and

 

the authority of an alternative lower amount.”.’.

 

Bill read the third time and passed with Amendments.

 


 
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